Lead character is way to wimpy to be a Chicago cop, both as a professional and in her personal life. As a Chicagoan, I was looking forward to local color, so mispronouncing places/streets was distracting. The story/mystery is ok, lead character is however, pathetic.
Read by Scott Brick, The Skin Gods is just over thirteen hours of listening. A crime drama, the evil doer re-creates murder scenes from dark movies, the first of several being the shower scene from Psycho - the old Alfred Hitchcock classic with a young Janet Leigh. He replaces the original scene with his snuff work and returns the VHS to the local video rental store (remember those?). Thus begins The Skin Gods.
Frankly, I had a bit of trouble with this novel, maybe it’s the horrific murder recreation. It’s pretty gruesome, ergo, I would squirm, then fast-forward a few times. The cops are desperate, the killer relentless. No character is the type-a macho dude or dude-ette to root for, neither a cop nor the bad guy. Just one frustrating situation after another. Not a bad story, by any means, but not my “cup ‘o tea”.
Scott Brick, as usual , is terrific. So, there’s that.
The Second Ship is approximately twelve hours of listening, read by MacLeod Andrews. Over 1000 audiobook reviews can be found on Audible.com. The story surrounds the visit to earth by an alien civilization. One ship is known to exist by the government and media. The Second Ship is known only to three teenagers who stumble upon it accidentally. Keeping their secret, they delve into the mystery and are suddenly gifted with unusual abilities. The purpose and implications of The Second Ship is the basis for this young adult tale as the teens scramble to avoid governmental agents, school supervision, well-intended parents, and a few bad-ass fellow students.
Don’t hesitate to let the kiddies listen to a fun SciFi adventure. MacLeod Andrews is a pleasant listen with a wide variety of voices.
Eight hours, twenty-two minutes of pleasure. A simple, curl-up-on-the-sofa-with-hot-tea story. Nothing deep or earth shattering, a simple tale of a young widow escaping with her daughter from a domineering mother-in-law. A peaceful vacation memory is brought forth with an old post card. Longing to give her daughter the same wonderful experience, Kate embarks on a journey into her youth to Lost Lake. An enchanting, lovely story.
Nicely read by Janet Metzger. Janet does a very credible job with the child’s voice, in addition to a nice interpretation of men. Good listen!!
Winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Grand Prize. The story surrounds the mysteries of Chronus, a program in the 24th century that facilitates time travel. A young girl in modern day learns of her genetic abilities via an estranged grandmother. For this reader the integration of Chicago history, including the 1893 Columbian Exposition and the devious serial killer, H. H. Holmes, is that part of the story I found the most fun to read. The bizarre time shifts will have you pausing a few times, but in the long run you’ll figure it out. The story could have been much shorter, in my opinion. I actually skipped through some chapters and had no trouble following along. Doesn’t say much for the story arc, but Walker is a new author. Hopefully, she’ll move forward with her writing. Timebound, although not the best book ever, is an enjoyable, young-adult yarn. However, as of this writing, there is only one other short available, so……..one hit wonder?
Teams of Rivals is a story of politics, unlike most books about Lincoln. However, Goodwin obviously worships at the Lincoln altar, and the book is rife with ‘Lincolnesque’ wisdom and stories. I personally felt a bit hammered with the fervor of the author and her personal admiration of Lincoln and his words; there is considerable repetition. That said, Team of Rivals is a terrific insight into Lincoln.
The book begins with the biographical detail of Lincoln’s cabinet members and progresses through his election, Presidency, the American Civil War, his assassination, and ends with the death of Mary Todd. The story does not linger on any single historical event. It is a compilation of the behaviors of Lincoln himself and his circle of cabinet members, family, and friends, primarily from a political view. Attitudes regarding preservation of the Union and slavery are the primary focus. The genius of Lincoln and his artful manipulation of the disparate personalities of the men surrounding the White House, including Civil War generals, is the backbone of Team of Rivals.
Understanding and appreciating the passions and goals of others, and using this knowledge to his advantage, was his genius … especially considering he ruffled no feathers in the process.
This book is the basis for the Spielberg movie, Lincoln. Cliché though it may be, “The book is better.” , applies. The full title of the book is actually: Team of Rivals - The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln. Over 41 hours of listening, the book is read by Suzanne Toren. As an audiobook listener, I was more focused on the history of the time and man, and wasn’t distracted by the reading … so she apparently does a good job :-).
The protagonist, Nathaniel, is a loose cannon, a flawed character in many ways, which is one of those delightful slices of reality in Isolation Ward. As a Centers for Disease (CDC) doctor with a shady past, including getting tossed out of medical school, Nathaniel is a man with an attitude, obsessed with the pursuit of a possibly virulent pathogen.
This unabridged version of Isolation Ward is just over sixteen hours long, read by Scott Brick. Although not a prolific author, Spanogle’s books have that added benefit – realism. Spanogle is a doctor, with a stellar resumè, and this book has a medical theme right up his alley. The old axiom is ‘Write what you know.’, and Spanogle does. Needless to say, Scott Brick is one of the best, and adds a great deal to the story with his brilliant narration. Coincidently, Scott Brick is the narrator for Spanogle’s other books.
This book is in the vein of other medical thrillers, bringing to mind author’s like Robin Cook, Ken McClure, even a couple of Michael Crichton books. In some areas it can be a little protracted/slow, but for the most part this story is a good read and well worth the purchase. Enjoyed.
Envy is one of the best audiobooks. Plot, characters, pacing, narration … just plain good listening. There are characters to love, hate, empathize with, feel sorry for, ‘envy’, etc., all the emotions of a good drama.
Envy is an unusual tale of writers and publishing, a terrific insight for struggling authors. Two competing college roommates take unique paths that will throw them back together with vengeful jealousy and bitterness that gradually builds throughout the book. A story within a story, clues are dropped throughout each tale that coalesce together in the final chapters with a thrilling ending.
The story is read by Victor Slezak, who has read many of Sandra Brown’s books. Although he does a terrific job, he is a little slow for my taste, so listened at 1.25 using the Audible application. Lots and lots of reviews are available, for all formats. The audiobook was released in 2001 and is just over fourteen hours of listening.
This audiobook copy of Digital Fortress was purchased in 2003 and it is narrated by Patrick Cohen. This edition is no longer available at Audible.com, or anywhere for that matter - as far as I know. Ergo, I won’t comment much on the audio. The recording is poor, the narration a bit bland - just a guy reading the words. The newer version is read by Paul Michael and although I’ve no way of knowing, I imagine it is much better.
The release date is 1994, so it is likely one of Dan Brown’s earliest books. Stretch the imagination quite a bit and you’ll enjoy Digital Fortress; it’s a fun story, especially given the era in which it was written. Clinton was in the White House, the high tech industry was pushing the stock market to unprecedented heights, the Internet was ‘invented’. Ergo, the imagination could go wild with speculation and in this book, it does. There is also a bit of foreshadowing of the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons in that a climax of the story takes place in a cathedral. The NSA has the ability to eavesdrop on emails, phone calls, etc., good-guys and bad-guys go to the wall in their attempts to thwart. And, the reader is wondering who’s good and who’s bad, an author’s objective. Don’t forget, this story was written five to eight years before 9/11, a different world. So, if you pull your mind back to 1994, it’s a pretty cool story. That is, unless Dan Brown has re-written the tale.
Bought this audiobook in 2006 shortly after the release, and I’ve just gotten around to listening. Since I purchased the book, there have been over 2000 reviews on Audible.com alone. So, there isn’t much I can add. The stories created by DeMille are great. The characters, not so much. For some reason, DeMille thinks a character like John Corey has some appeal. Maybe DeMille is using Corey to vent his own obnoxious and offensive side. If it weren’t for a good story, I’d have stopped listening … I couldn’t root for any character, none.
All Night Long has been in my Audible.com library since September of 2009. Thought I’d better get around to listening. The story is read by Kathy Garver and David Colacci. Neither reader controls the narration of the story, it’s shared and unpredictable. Colacci is okay. Garver sounds like a teenaged girl, high pitched, nail-on-a-blackboard, annoying. Mixing is terrible, virtually non-existent, volume rises and falls, unnecessary pauses. I’m not certain how early All Night Long is in the writing career of Krentz, Hoping it is very early, because the characters are sophomoric and silly.
The mystery is passable. A young woman returns to her home town in answer to an email summons by a childhood friend and suspects it is related to the death of her parents years ago. But, the behavior of the characters is forced and childish. Unnecessary character reactions and dialogue is truly infantile, eye-rolling material. A fundamental premise in All Night Long is the love story between the two lead characters. Krentz created a transparent and ridiculous character in Luke, a motel owner. Krentz actually tells the reader more than once that Luke is an “alpha” male. Apparently, she hadn’t gotten around to writing lessons about showing rather than telling. That which she does show about Luke is not a man in love, but a creepy stalker. The female lead, Irene, behaves like a moon-eyed valley girl who ‘lifts her lashes’. Luke views ‘feminine disappointment’ in her eyes. What the hell…? Yikes. You probably won’t find this in audiobook easily, since it’s no longer available on the Audible site. No surprise. If you do run across it somewhere, take a pass.
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